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Peskett Tractor Girls' First Ever Professional
Friday, 11th Jun 2021 12:02

Ipswich Town Women have made Sophie Peskett their first ever professional player with the highly-rated 18-year-old winger having signed a two-year deal.

The Blues have received interest from Women’s Super League clubs in Peskett, who has scored 16 goals in 26 games for the Tractor Girls, hence the historic move to sign her on a professional contract.

“It was a no-brainer for me really to sign a contract here,” Sophie told iFollow Ipswich.

“I was a bit shocked at first, being the first to be offered a pro contract, but it’s an amazing feeling to get it done.

“The support I’ve had here, the opportunities I’ve had - it was easy to commit my future to Ipswich and it shows the intent of the club that we are signing players now on pro contracts. I just can’t wait for the season to start.”

Peskett joined the club from the Essex RTC [Regional Talent Club] in the summer of 2019, quickly breaking into the first team as a 16-year-old.

The England U19 international made her debut in the opener against AFC Wimbledon and scored her first senior goals for the club just a couple of weeks later in a 4-0 away victory at Kent Football United.

Her first senior hat-trick came the next month in a 7-0 win against Stevenage and she was a key member of the squad which reached the fifth round of the Women's FA Cup.

Having netted 11 goals and 15 assists, Peskett was named the club’s Player of the Year award and she received her first England U19 call in March 2020.

Earlier this month Town learned that they had been successful in their application to move up to FA Women's National League Southern Premier Division having been top of FAWNL Division One South East when both the previous two seasons were curtailed and declared null and void.

Meanwhile, midfielder Georgia Allen has left the club after one season to pursue a career outside the game and defender Emma Wallis will also be moving on continue her education at Durham University.

Last week, captain Amanda Crump announced her retirement, while midfielder Paige Wakefield has also hung up her boots and midfielder Molly Sutherland is moving to the University of Texas El Paso.

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trncbluearmy added 12:09 - Jun 11
Now there`s a headline I never thought I would live to see!!

Congratulations have enjoyed watching highlights and to be honest the girls thrashing the scum and yoofs were the highlights last season

cazwells1 added 12:32 - Jun 11
Congratulations! Fantastic move by Ipswich Town! This club as a whole is moving in the right direction! I played womens football for over 20 years including for Lowestoft Ladies. getting changed in cars, clubbing together to hire transport, paying subs to keep the club afloat. So glad womens football in our region is finally catching up. Please remember Lowestoft Ladies won the womens FA Cup in 1982. Fingers crossed Ipswich will achieve this one day!

Cookycrew added 13:04 - Jun 11
Excellent news, this approach will strongly underpin our Club's attempt to get to Tier 2 sooner, rather than later. It is very refreshing to see we are not only emphasising our commitment to Woman's football, but also connecting our local Community back into the very heart of the Club.

leftie1972 added 13:25 - Jun 11
Congratulations, an achievement that was well earned. Good move by the club.

Freddies_Ears added 13:46 - Jun 11
A massive step by ITFC and a real statement of intent. I am sure Sophie won't be the only ft pro announced this summer...

BeattiesBackPocket added 13:56 - Jun 11
This is great. If anyone knows anything about the women’s game it’s the Americans this could be great for the women’s game in Ipswich.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 15:08 - Jun 11
Great she has chosen ITFC over other possibilities. First of many, hopefully.

BlueSwede added 16:12 - Jun 11
Great move. Congratulations to Sophie and hope there will be more to follow. Having coached womens teams here in Sweden for lots of years at almost every level I know the passion and devotion they put into it, often working in tough conditions. Nice to see my club move in the right direction with the women as well.

happybeingblue added 17:48 - Jun 11
well done Sophie progression at ITFC brilliant love to see it.

dangerous30 added 18:41 - Jun 11
Congratulations 🥳

Swailsey added 18:57 - Jun 11
Fab news!

Razor added 10:34 - Jun 14
Hey this is great news and am so pleased for her-----and isnt uncle Ed sponsoring the shirts as well?


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